Marshawn Lynch tells Raiders he’s ready to go

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Marshawn Lynch is ready to return to football after a one-year retirement and play in the city where he grew up.

Lynch, who visited the Raiders today, told the team he’s ready to un-retire and play for them this year, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The Seahawks will have something to say about that. Although Seattle gave Oakland permission to talk to Lynch, he remains on the Seahawks’ reserve/retired list, which means the Raiders can only trade for him, not sign him. Presumably the Seahawks are willing to do that or else they wouldn’t have given the Raiders permission to talk to him, but until a deal is reached between the Seahawks and the Raiders, no deal can be reached between the Raiders and Lynch.

If Lynch tried to force the Seahawks into releasing him he might be able to do so simply by un-retiring and reporting for work. Under his current contract, he’d be due a $9 million salary this year, which would make him the highest-paid running back currently under contract in the NFL. It’s very unlikely that the Seahawks who are already deep with running backs Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, CJ Prosise and Alex Collins on the team, want to add another running back to their roster. So if Lynch were to report, Seattle would probably cut him.

But the simpler way to do it would be for the Raiders and Seahawks to agree on some sort of compensation that would allow Lynch to join the Raiders immediately. He’s ready to go, and Oakland is ready to sign him.

57 responses to “Marshawn Lynch tells Raiders he’s ready to go

  1. I am pretty sure Marshawn owes the Seahawks a good chunk of bonus money. Brings the salary down quite a bit.

  2. Best of luck to him and if this makes him happy, I’m happy for him. But it doesn’t mean I will like to see him on the field and not in a Hawks uniform.

  3. Sounds like he’s only willing to play for the Raiders – hope that doesn’t drive up the price of a trade into the stratosphere.
    Beast Mode in Oaktown – destiny.

  4. Oh man, even though I’d love to see him in a Hawks uniform, I would be thrilled to see him play again period. Amazing player and hilarious personality.

  5. Seahawks are probably going to trade him but want too much for him. So if Lynch is smart he’ll show up to work. It might be interesting if they cut Lacy or rawls and keep Lynch….

  6. The Seahawks have bent over backwards for Lynch his whole time here. I’d be disappointed if they just flat out release him. If the Raiders wanna play hardball and not offer up compensation, then keep Lynch on the roster for another year. Even if he refuses to play, stick to your guns and don’t just cave to him. Let him sit on the bench his final year. Fine him if he refuses to participate in team activities and get some of that money back.

    He’s always given it his all on the field and he’ll always be one of my favorite Seahawks, but he also held out one year and caused unnecessary drama throughout his time in Seattle. The Seahawks don’t owe him anything.

  7. If I were Seattle, I would not release him. The Raiders need Marshawn to put some butts in the seats during their lame duck years in Oakland. I am sure many Raider fans will boycott the team with the move to Vegas, but this might keep a significant number of them coming to games.

  8. For those of you who think the Seahawks should play hard ball and just sit him on the bench if he unretires. He will count 9 million against your cap, that actually makes him the highest paid RB in the league…who will you cut to make your point?

  9. No the easiest thing is for the Seahawks to release him. He only wants to play for the Raiders and the Seahawks have no room on their roster, so just cut the man loose.

  10. Seahawks have no leverage. If he just came out if and shows up at camp, they will have to release him. No way they are paying 9 million when they already have 4 other capable backs and other holes on that roster. Plus the Raiders won’t pay him anywhere close to that amount themselves.

  11. The Raiders had the second lowest attendance in the league last season. With the move to Vegas now final their attendance will fall off a cliff. Beast Mode gives them a local hero to get excited about. He probably adds 10,000 paying customers per game. His Oakland jersey will be the NFL’s biggest seller. Imagine the excitement if he gets them deep into the playoffs.

  12. All he has to do in un-retire and show up to practice and Seahawks will realize they’re on the hook f they keep him. Lynch leverage > Seattle’s

  13. Sounds like they are working on trading Richard Sherman. That would put enough of a boost to the cap space that, even if they didn’t want to spend the money to play him, they could certainly play chicken with the Raiders and force them to give up something more than a 7th for BM.

  14. This should be a low cost deal for Oakland as Seattle doesn’t want him and there is only one interested trade partner. Seattle better take what is offered or not get a thing by refusing to release him.

  15. If there’s a trade, don’t the Raiders have to pay the 9 mil contract? Unless he agrees to a pay cut. Seattle wouldn’t be entitled to bonus money back either, I don’t think.

  16. As Seahawks fan I’ll hate seeing him play for another team but it’s better than not seeing him at all. He was a pleasure to watch. Such a unique running style.

  17. @ sdcarpetbagger,

    lynch hasnt unretired yet, so he is not on the books. Raiders can wait all they want, but if lynch doesnt unretire, then he will not be on Seattle’s books.

  18. Without all the dope that flies around the SeaHags locker room to keep him upright, he will turn into the very average running back he was on the Bills when he first entered the NFL

  19. dmoney253 says:
    Apr 5, 2017 4:45 PM
    Give us a first rounder and he’s yours

    Dude…What are you smoking??? You ll be lucky if u get a 7th round pick. Beast Mode is a perfect fit for the Raiders before they leave Oakland. This team has too many boy scouts. We need a little attitude.

  20. All he has to do is unretire and stick it to Seattle for $9M in cap charge. Then:
    1. Seattle claws back the $5M in bonus money.
    2. BeastMode never sells another clothing product in Seattle.
    3. Marshawn never gets his number in the Seattle Ring of Honor
    4. He loses his shot at the HOF
    5. His legacy is gone, forever, because of one stupid decision … sorta like OJ Simpson and Aaron Hernandez.

    Just because he was born in Oakland doesn’t make him ignorant.

  21. Give us a fourth rounder. That will cover for the one we lost. If any of you think he can squeeze the Hawks into just releasing him, with zero compensation from the Raiders, remember he’d be on the hook for his bonus money. Is he gonna pay millions back to the Seahawks just to play for his hometown squad?

  22. Dude is a 30-year old running back that didn’t play last year and had a short season in 2015, where he really wasn’t all that great in the 7 games he did play – averaging 3.8 ypc and 59ypg. Oakland would be making a mistake trading ANY pick for him.

  23. “he’d be due a $9 million salary this year” – who says the Raiders even want to take on that contract? Remember folks. this is business. Seattle is not going to break the bank trying to get a high draft pick, 5th or 4th rounder at the most. The Raiders still need to pay him.

  24. oreo51 says:
    Apr 5, 2017 7:21 PM
    All he has to do is unretire and stick it to Seattle for $9M in cap charge. Then:
    1. Seattle claws back the $5M in bonus money.
    2. BeastMode never sells another clothing product in Seattle.
    3. Marshawn never gets his number in the Seattle Ring of Honor
    4. He loses his shot at the HOF
    5. His legacy is gone, forever, because of one stupid decision … sorta like OJ Simpson and Aaron Hernandez.

    Just because he was born in Oakland doesn’t make him ignorant.

    ————
    HOF? Seriously?

  25. Seems like the Raiders are using Lynch’s homecoming as a means to make sure the stadium isn’t 90% empty. I hope the people of Oakland don’t fall for it and boycott like crazy.

  26. I was wondering what to do with my 42 year old nfl self being a lifelong san diego resident who sold dan fouts his xmas tree at the solana beach boys and girls club circa 1989 (my first job, helped to make america great), and this is awesome. Go Raiders, and eff you Spanos and LA

  27. goldtooth80 says:
    Apr 5, 2017 6:29 PM
    I bet he ran out of money.

    or is close to running out of money.

    LOL……Lynch has not spent a dime of what he has made playing in the NFL – Not a dime from the Bills or the Hawks……seriously, it has been reported for years.
    He simply wants to play for the team he grew up idolizing, thats it!

  28. Marshawn, listen to a fan who really cares about you. Stay retired! You don’t need to get your body and brains beat out.

  29. I don’t know if a deal can be worked out , raiders will have to give up alot,pay a lot, and beast mode has to give up a lot, Seahawks are smiling at however it works out for them is a win win situation, my guess is the Raiders will fill the running back position at the draft and beast mode and Peterson will play somewhere else in the league.

  30. I’d love to see Lynch in Oakland if he can give us a solid year or two. That being said, I’d also love to see Samaje Perine drafted, and I don’t see both happening. I’m quite torn.

  31. There is no animosity between Lynch and SEA management. The team and the fans all love him and wish him well. And there’s no lingering enmity for their former AFC West rival OAK, so I see this getting done in a very smooth and gentlemanly manner. OAK will make a fair offer, SEA will graciously accept the unexpected pick/player, and Lynch will have a farewell for the ages in front of his hometown crowd. Great for everyone involved, and very straightforward. It is only media injecting drama into this situation. They have mouths to feed too, I suppose.

    Anyone who isn’t excited about seeing him back on the field, just simply isn’t a fan of the sport. We love talking about “throwback” players but he is like a punt/throw/kick-back player. Haven’t seen one like him in decades, amd likely won’t see another like him in the future.

  32. Marshawn Lynch is undeniably one of the most interesting and genuine players in the NFL in the last 20 years. As a Seahawks fan I miss not having Beastmode in the backfield, but will still root for him even if he does join the Raiders.

    How about a 4th and a 5th, Mark Davis? That is the price the Hawks paid to take him from Buffalo years ago.

  33. PFT loves the Steelers says:
    Apr 5, 2017 9:16 PM
    Seems like the Raiders are using Lynch’s homecoming as a means to make sure the stadium isn’t 90% empty. I hope the people of Oakland don’t fall for it and boycott like crazy.
    ________________________________________

    Listen Snowflake….

    The Raiders tried to get a new stadium for a lonnggggg time. The current venue is worse than a dump. Oakland wouldn’t build them a stadium, Vegas will.

    Stop crying. It’s done.

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